13 Ounces or Less

Mail is one of the “good things” in life.  It really brings me so much joy to open my mailbox and see mail waiting for me.  The hand-written, personalized, and “just because” notes and cards always seem to brighten my day!  I have received many cards, notes, and packages while away in Washington D.C.  I appreciate and am grateful for the thought of each of the senders.  I love stopping by the front desk or being called by the Office Coordinator because I have mail waiting for me.  Take a peek at some of the lovely cards and notes I’ve received.


The latest and greatest mail I received was a package from my adorable and lovable Grandpa.  He sent me a care package full of all good things from Walmart!  There are very few Walmarts up here.  The only one I know of is shady, which means I probably won’t set my eyes on it or any of them.  So imagine my delight, to see a package full of treats selected specifically for me!  I’m pretty sure there were some squeals, laughs, and a grin ear to ear during the first 5 minutes after opening the box.

While I love receiving mail, I also love sending little love notes to friends and family.  My clipboard always has a few postcards or letters hanging out on it for when I have a few minutes to spare.  I try my best to send cards that have a meaningful message as well as a heartfelt note from me specifically for each recipient.  I also have fun stickers and Japanese masking tape that I deck out the envelopes with.  I have to have some sort of crafty outlet and letters tend to be where that energy gets focused these days!  Close yours eyes if you don’t like surprises to be ruined…for those of you who don’t care, take a peek at some fun mail going out this week.


Yes, that is an Old Bay Seasoning tin going out to some special grandparents.  In case you didn’t know, USPS will mail anything under 13 ounces or less.  That means you can mail an Easter Egg, a box of Cracker Jacks, or even a can of zucchini.  In fact, that’s just what I did recently.  For Father’s Day, I mailed my Dad a can of zucchini.  The can has dirt and seeds and all that’s left is sunshine and water.  While he is the agriculture guru, I figured this would give him a pretty good chuckle.  Take a peek at the fun you can have with sending mail.


If you would like to send me some joy in a can, envelope, or box, you can mail it to:

Riley Hammond – JrNYLC Staff

7100 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

I will write you back, and who knows maybe you’ll get a can of zucchini too!  In addition to sending me mail, please spread the joy to your friends and family as well.  Through mail and many other good things in life, homegrown joy can take root and thrive!

“A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!” – Proverbs 15:23

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4 Responses to 13 Ounces or Less

  1. Kathryn says:

    Zucchini for your dad! Too Cute!

    I spy mail for Mrs. Hammond, Emilie, Lauren, & ME!!!!

    Love you!

  2. Lauren P says:

    Your granddad did a great job of sending that care package! I’m impressed!

  3. janette says:

    I’ve been reading but don’t have time to comment… until now. 🙂
    What a great care package and I had no idea that you could mail a can! We loved our postcards and mail. 🙂 I hope we get one out to you soon.

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